As of March 30th, COAC has suspended backcountry avalanche advisories and pro observations until further notice.

On March 23rd, Governor Brown of Oregon issued Stay at Home orders for the public regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The directives are clear in that “to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or in their place of residence.” On March 27th the Deschutes National Forest issued a closure of all developed recreation sites including trailheads and snoparks. COAC is committed to supporting our community, local emergency services, and agency partners and because of this we felt it important to cease operations as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.   

This decision was not taken lightly. Aside from the need to maintain congruency with the Governors' orders, there are inherent risks with backcountry activities in alpine environments and it’s important to consider unnecessary exposure to COAC forecasters, first responders, and local medical staff in light of the current situation.

We look forward to getting back into the mountains and providing you all with the tools to recreate safely in the backcountry. Until then we thank you for your continued support and wish all our mountain community the best of health and wellness.

Moon Mt. area conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Nov 28, 2019 - 12:02 PM
Aaron Hartz
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
The snowpack is thin. In the flats below the east face of Moon Mt, at around 7000 ft, I measured 30 cm of snow. Higher up on Moon Mt., at around 7400 ft, I measured 45 cm of snow below ridge top on easterly terrain.

I found two layers of weak snow down 25cm below the surface near treeline. There are rounding facets above and below an old crust. These layers were easy to pick out in the flats and higher up on the east and NE facing slopes on Moot Mt. These facet layers appear to be trending toward rounding and gaining strength.

I observed new surface hoar on top of the snowpack on shaded east and north facing slopes near treeline. We will keep an eye out to see if any of the SH hangs around long enough to get buried by the next round of storm snow.

Skiing down the NE shoulder of Moon was great except for the 7 or 8 rocks I hit. There is some good powder out there, just watch out for the early season obstacles :)


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